+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Bob Hatfield

Thread: X7 accuracy results in 7mm-08



  1. #1
    Sidewinder
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    110
    Member #
    6874
    Thanked
    24 times

    X7 accuracy results in 7mm-08

    I recently purchased a Marlin X7 youth model in 7mm-08 for my Grandson's first hunting rifle. I had researched several brands of rifles that featured a youth style shorter stock that would fit my grandson. Based on the looks of the Marlin and the reports of good accuracy I settled on buying the Marlin via Davidison's Gallery of Guns. I was able to get it for $377.00 at a local gun shop listed by the gallery of guns.

    After getting it home, I removed the forearm barrel pressure points and free floated the barrel and glass bedded the action. I used Winchester short action M-70 Leupold bases and rings and installed a new Burris 2X7 full field scope. I made up five different reduced power loads that I kept to a velocity of 2500 fps to find a practice load for my grandson. I also made up a max load just over 2800 fps that could be used as a deer hunting load.

    The loads consisted of Sierra Pro-hunter 140 gr. SP. bullets and 5 different powders. All loads had a OAL of 2.800 and worked perfectly in feeding. The reduced load using IMR-4350 produced a 3 shot group at 100 yards that measured 1.1 inches. That load will be his practice load.

    The big surprise was the full powered load consisting of the Sierra 140 gr. bullet and a max load of H4895 powder. That 3 shot group at 100 yards measure .495 in size and that will be his deer and antelope load. The scope has lower cross hairs that go out to 500 yards and with the load I had the 400 plex was supposed to be dead on at that range. I observed a plastic water bottle on the 400 yard berm glinting in the sun. I put the 400 yard plex on the bottle and had the pleasure to see it jump by a hit while using a bench rest for shooting.

    Needless to say, I also can now state that the Marlin X7 has proven to be a super accurate rifle with very reasonable cost. I know my grandson will love it when he gets it for his Christmas present. In the meantime, grandpa will play with it some more. I now have to work up a hog hunting load using 140 gr. Nosler Partitions for those hogs this spring.
    4Charlie likes this.

  2. #2
    Tinhorn
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    35
    Member #
    26139
    Thanked
    3 times
    Your gradson is a lucky lad to have a grandpa like you.

  3. #3
    Gun Wizard
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Green Bay, Wi-Titletown
    Posts
    2,284
    Member #
    25702
    Thanked
    12569 times
    Bob,

    Your Grandson can grow right into that rifle, and when the time comes a new stock from Boyds will be perfect when he is ready. Very nice Post.
    336C 30 WCF Big Buck Killer and Accurate ! 1981
    Glenny 30A 30 WCF 1980
    336 ADL 32 Special 1949
    336SC 32 special 1952
    336CS 35 Rem 1990 my favorite !
    336A 35 Rem 1950
    X7 30-06
    Beautiful Wife who Supports my Habits ! -1961

    Team X7 #12
    Team 32 Special member #111

  4. #4
    Wrangler
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    IDAHO
    Posts
    284
    Member #
    25598
    Thanked
    49 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Hatfield View Post
    I recently purchased a Marlin X7 youth model in 7mm-08 for my Grandson's first hunting rifle.
    Do you want another grandson? I am available!

    Good for you. You and your Grandson should enjoy this Rifle for years to come.

    I also have a XS7-7/08 and love the Rifle. This Rifles capabilities and greater than the one pulling the trigger for sure.
    I have found a handload with Sierra 140gr work very well.

    I always like to see and hear of grandfathers / fathers taking the time to take the kids hunting and shooting.

    Cheers!
    ...its not a collection if you only have one....

  5. #5
    Sidewinder
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    110
    Member #
    6874
    Thanked
    24 times
    mrbofis; Thanks for the nice comments. Sorry I do not think I can afford another grandkid and supply all of them with firearms. I get more of a kick seeing my sons or grandkids making a good shot and taking game then I would if I shot it myself. I am really looking forward to the pig hunt with my 12 year old grandson. It will be his first big game hunt. To make sure he is ready for it, I am teaching him more on using field shooting positions and he must be capable of putting three shots into a 5 inch circle at 100 yards using field shooting positions, not bench rest. His shooting yardage limit will be confined to that criteria of 3 shots in a 5 inch circle for a humane shot on game animals.
    He has been shooting a 22 rimfire for many years and is a very good shot with it. He is also a excellant shot with a pistol. One day we were shooting with my Ruger 44 spec. that is loaded with a 255 gr. "Keith" cast lead bullet at 1000 fps. I threw a golf ball about 20 yards into the field and shot at it. Must of pulled the shot as I hit just beside it. The grandkid asked if he could shoot the 44 and I gave it to him. First time for him with that gun. He took careful aim and knocked that golfball about 25 yards down range with a perfect center shot.
    The little fart went into the house and with a big grin on his face told his grandmother that he had just out shot his grandpa!
    Yea! it is fun teaching them and making sure they learn good safe firearms handling so that it is always a fun deal.

  6. #6
    Wrangler
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    IDAHO
    Posts
    284
    Member #
    25598
    Thanked
    49 times
    Mr Hatfield,

    Once again I think it is great that you are spending the time to teach the youngsters safe, proper and ethical hunting and shooting practices.

    Best wishes to you Sir!
    ...its not a collection if you only have one....

  7. #7
    Tinhorn
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    81
    Member #
    30911
    Thanked
    30 times
    Your Grandson is very lucky! Very nice setup. Quality equipment lasts a long time. I like your choice, 7mm-08 is a superb cartridge.

    Jumping to big game centerfire is a big step if he's a young shooter. 140 @ 2500 fps is nothing to shake a stick at. 120 gr is also a popular weight for 7mm-08, should back it off a little more. Reduced 120's are more than enough to put down game with a case of long distance lead poisoning.

  8. #8
    Deadeye
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    myrtle beach, s.c.
    Posts
    722
    Member #
    19211
    Thanked
    38 times
    Mr Hatfield, enjoyed reading your post, as I shoot a 7MM08 X gun, bloodied it last week on a S.C. eight pt. Bang, flop,DRT. Mine also loves 4895, as well as 4064, and Hornady 139 Interlocks,are extremly accurate, and deadly also!! Sounds like you're enjoying your (loaner) X gun, and I expect the Grandson will enjoy it, as well!! Best to you both, T REX

  9. #9
    Gun Wizard
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    The Swamp
    Posts
    2,009
    Member #
    23601
    Thanked
    638 times
    Way to go there Mr Hatfield. Passing on a time honored tradition...
    Team .30-30 # 390
    Old Pharts # 45
    Florida Marlin Owners
    Marlin 1973, & a 2003 .30-30's.
    Glenfield 1977, .30-30.
    If you come to take my guns, you better bring your own...


Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New | Subscribed Threads

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Similar Threads

  1. Some 45/70 results
    By JimmyBigLoop in forum Reloading
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 02-26-2012, 08:23 PM
  2. Accuracy Results.
    By NRA79 in forum Members Suggestion Box-New Boards
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-30-2008, 03:09 AM
  3. Up first the .375 H&H results are in
    By reflex264 in forum General Gun Related Off Topic Stuff
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 11-16-2006, 04:59 PM
  4. May 1st results are IN!
    By MacGregor in forum General Gun Related Off Topic Stuff
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-10-2006, 08:22 AM
  5. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-04-2006, 08:11 PM

Search tags for this page

marlin 7mm-08

,

marlin 7mm-08 youth rifle

,
marlin 7mm08
,

marlin x7 7mm 08 review

,

marlin x7 7mm-08

,
marlin x7 7mm-08 for sale
,
marlin x7 7mm-08 review
,
marlin x7 accuracy
,
marlin x7y 7mm-08
,
marlin xs7 7mm-08 accuracy
,
marlin xs7 7mm-08 for sale
,

marlin xs7 7mm-08 review

,
marlin xs7 review 7mm-08
Click on a term to search for related topics.